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SMA joins research study on balancing power with PV

Grid power lines in Denver, Colorado

Backed by the German government, the PV-Regel project aims to study how PV can balance power, particularly on an international level, and to develop requirement profiles for PV to balance power in the future.


RGS Energy pulls out of large commercial solar

The company formerly known as Real Goods will focus on the residential sector, where it holds a top-10 position among installers, as well as commercial PV under 200 kW.


Bright Capital, Energy of the Sun invest $300 million in Russian PV plants

Map of Russia and the Atrakhan region

Russia's solar future appears increasingly brighter: A recent solar tender for the construction of projects in the next three years resulted in application submissions for a total of 785 MW of capacity.


Asian solar boom raises clean energy investment volumes in Q3 2014

Chinese solar represented 22% of all new clean energy investments during Q3 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). This high level of investment is making up for depressed European solar markets.


NRG moves deeper into U.S. residential solar with Pure Energies acquisition

The energy company plans to fold Pure Energies, which it describes as a leader in the area of web-based customer acquisition, into its NRG Home Solar business. This follows on NRG's acquisition of Roof Diagnostics Solar in March.


Vivint Solar IPO nets US$309 million despite troubled market

Vivint Solar has successfully launched its initial public offering under the symbol VSLR, as ongoing protests in Hong Kong impact global markets. The pricing of the company's shares came in US$16, the low end of estimates.


UK: £300 million in subsidy support for renewables

Solar farm, Devon, England

The increased budget will be split between the various renewable energy technologies bidding for subsidy support. The country's Solar Trade Association says the government's decisions "represent serious tragic mistakes in energy...


Solarrus acquires MaxGen, expands O&M operations

35 MW facility in Nevada, O&M services provided by MaxGen.

The alternative energy services company says the inclusion of MaxGen dramatically enhances its asset management capabilities for utility-scale solar clients. Solarrus will now be able to offer services across all project sizes.


Martifer Solar acquires nearly 90 MW of O&M contracts in Italy

Martifer Solar providing O&M services for solar plant in Italy.

The recent addition of Martifer Solar's Italian contracts solidifies its position as the third largest vertically-integrated O&M player in Europe.


EU SmartFlex production line to make custom solar facades

Located in Lithuania, the new 50 MW capacity factory will manufacture individually designed solar facades on an industrial scale as part of an EU project.


UK Foresight Solar Fund to raise up to £100 million

UK 5.3 MW solar PV plant, Cornwall

The fund plans to acquire two PV plants with a combined capacity of 74 MW and expects to continue acquisitions of plants below and above 5 MW following the introduction of next year's CfD scheme.


SunEdison begins production of electronic grade polysilicon using fluidized bed reactor technology

SunEdison's high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) process produces high-purity polysilicon using 90% less energy than the dominant Siemens method. The company plans to ramp the plant to 13,500 metric tons annually in Q1...


World Bank approves $519 million for 350 MW of solar CSP in Morocco

The second and third phases of the Noor project will include both parabolic trough and solar power tower CSP components. When complete this will be the largest single-site grouping of CSP projects in the world.


Latin American solar markets explode in 2014, 2015

The latest report by GTM Research predicts that 805 MW of solar PV will be installed across the region in 2014, a six-fold increase over 2013. The company forecasts another 2.3 GW of new PV in 2015.


Greensmith sees dramatic growth in grid-scale energy storage market

Greensmith CEO John Jung

The leading California-based energy storage software provider is a key partner in 35 grid-scale projects across the U.S.


Peak Development to distribute Ascent Solar portable products in UK

Ascent Solar EnerPlex product

The Colorado-based solar company has crossed the Pond, tapping Peak Development to distribute its portable thin film EnerPlex consumer products in Britain.


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